Re: [asa] A caution about the conversation on the "soul" and Christianity

From: Jim Armstrong <>
Date: Fri Sep 25 2009 - 14:48:17 EDT
Lawsy David, unless I am just misunderstanding you, it sounds like your sense is that Christianity and its beliefs/understandings are in (or should be in) some sort of monolithic lockstep. But that does not account for the hundreds of identifiable denominational variants. The spectrum of beliefs/understandings within the bounds of Christianity has always been broad, broader than most mainstream folks realize. Where one puts down the dividing line between truth and heresy is subjective and fluid, but I think Burgy is suggesting that we be generous with definitional lines like that for others in order to share perspectives and perhaps learn from our differences.  JimA [Friend of ASA]

David Clounch wrote:

Oh my goodness, don't you think this sounds a bit dog-in-the-manger?  

I would urge you to propose ways of fostering dialog between apologists and atheists, and even Christians  and Muslims, in places that don't distract from the main mission and  goals.   It isn't an either-or proposition.

Dave C

Do I understand you, Ted, to be saying that there is only one way of
understanding; that Christianity is that way, and that no dissent from
that position will be tolerated?

If that is so, it may be time to leave the ASA.


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